Controversial plans for five homes in College Town have been given the go-ahead despite “overdevelopment” concerns.

The proposal was approved by the Bracknell Forest Council  planning committee last night (Thursday, February 13), with changes made over the three years that had satisfied councillors.

Councillor Tony Virgo said he still had reservations about the proposal which he called “overdevelopment”.

But councillor Colin Dudley, chairman of the committee, said: “Overdevelopment has been dealt with.

“This is quite a low-density site. It is not out of keeping.”

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Sandhurst Town Council had called for the plan to be refused, claiming the proposal “represents a cramped development” which would “harm” the adjoining homes.

There were also twelve objections to the plans from Sandhurst residents in 2017, who were concerned about a loss of privacy, noise pollution, overdevelopment, parking issues and more.

One neighbour, Matthew Gouldby, spoke out against the application at the meeting.

He said he isn’t entirely opposed to the development of the land but aspects of the development would be “overbearing with close proximity to his boundary fence”.

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But a majority of councillors backed the plan, with only two objecting – Cllrs Virgo and Dale Birch.

Mr Gouldby asked for building hours to be limited to 8am-6pm and for no building to be allowed on weekends and bank holidays.

His first request was agreed but the committee decided to allow works to take place on weekends, from 8am-1pm.

A new access road off Academy Place will be added at the site, which is currently used a part of a large private garden at the back of a property on College Road.

Each apartment will have two bedrooms and come with a carport and additional car parking space.

There are also two additional visitor spaces.

One small tree will be cut down to make way for three of the apartments.